Below are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s age-appropriate recommended vaccine schedules.
Immunizing school-age children is one of the most effective ways we can protect children and their classmates against vaccine-preventable diseases. When the majority of people in a community are protected through immunizations, the risk for disease is minimized.
Oklahoma law allows for parents to exempt their children from getting immunized for medical, religious or philosophical reasons and still attend school. You learn more about Oklahoma’s school immunization requirements here. These immunization requirements ensure that most people are protected through immunization. However, some parents chose to opt-out of immunizations out of convenience, such as when immunization records are not readily available, while others are concerned about vaccine safety.
Vaccines go through extensive approval processes and continuous monitoring to ensure their safety and effectiveness. As with any medical intervention, immunizations carry some risk, however, the risk from the disease is much greater than the risk associated with the vaccine itself.
Vaccine preventable diseases can cause serious life-threatening complications. Opting out or delaying immunizations puts a child at risk of getting the disease and puts those who cannot be immunized at risk as well. These children must rely on the community to help protect them from diseases by community wide immunization.
Choosing to fully immunize according to the recommended CDC schedule is the most effective way to protect your child from diseases that could cause serious life-treating complications.